Pirates of Mars

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Pirates of Mars, the new Mars adventure story by Chris Gerrib.

Lieutenant Peter Grant of the Volunteer Space Rescue Service is taken hostage by pirates, who are holding him for ransom. The Rescue Service can't afford to pay a ransom and is not equipped for an armed rescue. Fellow Rescueman, Jack Williams, unwilling to violate Rescue tradition and leave a person behind, decides to improvise a rescue. . .

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Overview

Pirates of Mars, the new Mars adventure story by Chris Gerrib.

Lieutenant Peter Grant of the Volunteer Space Rescue Service is taken hostage by pirates, who are holding him for ransom. The Rescue Service can't afford to pay a ransom and is not equipped for an armed rescue. Fellow Rescueman, Jack Williams, unwilling to violate Rescue tradition and leave a person behind, decides to improvise a rescue. . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983953135
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Gerrib has always wanted to go to Mars. When he was a boy, one of his favorite escapes was devouring all the local library’s books on space in the small Illinois town where he lived. He memorized a Werner Von Braun / Disney collaboration, which was full of cool pictures of cigar-shaped rockets.
He later went to the University of Illinois and ended up graduating with a degree in history. He had landed a scholarship via Navy ROTC and was then shipped off to the USS Jack Williams (FFG-24) in Mayport, Florida, in 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell.
His service included a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea. Later, he earned an MBA at Southern Illinois University and is now a Senior Vice President of Technology at Republic Bank of Chicago. Chris currently lives in Villa Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
His first book, The Mars Run, was published in 2006. Visit his website privatemarsrocket.net.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Not worth the money

    Poorly written

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Mars has been colonized in a haphazard way resulting in a large

    Mars has been colonized in a haphazard way resulting in a large number of semi-autonomous city states with only loose connections to governments back on Earth. A space rescue service has been set up from various funding but with no real political power. They've been pretty successful and the inherent dangers of space have gone down but piracy is becoming a bigger issue and insurance companies aren't too happy about it.
    The story starts when pirates take a ship but the crew sabotages it. The pirates decide to call space rescue and try to take the rescue ship too.

    The best:
    All the characters, and there were quite a few, were believable and relate-able.
    The action was easy to follow and exciting despite being pretty complex.
    The concept is quite interesting.

    The worst:
    It took me a while to get a hang off all of the characters, the action was still easy to follow though so I could just go with it and partway into the scene, I'd catch on to who's who. By the end of the book it was getting much easier.
    It was sometimes difficult to tell who was speaking in the dialog. It looked like the paragraph formatting in the Nook version I was reading may have been off though. Perhaps if I had read the print version I wouldn't have been flipping back as often to figure things out.

    All in all, it's an excellent book. Since it's his first full length published novel, I expect good things in the future and I'm sure I'll be checking out his next book.

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